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cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby veritas » Thu Dec 10, 2015 6:18 pm

My silvered dial on my Chelsea is in sad shape. I have heard cream of tartar is one powder used on silvered dials. Could i use this to improve mine, or better to get a silvering kit and re do the dial. I might be able to find someone locally who can do it for me. Not sure what the going raye might be to restore my dial.
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Re: cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby 4brokenow » Thu Dec 10, 2015 11:14 pm

Kevin,

Seriously? You would consider re-plating the Chelsea you just picked up? What was so bad about the dial? Looked dirty but in good readable condition to me?

I would CAREFULLY use a tooth brush and dry baking soda at most on the dial in areas that have darkened. rinse it cautiously with cold water and pat it dry. A bowl with a small amount of dish-detergent diluted with a little lukewarm water for the more stubborn spots of dirt and oil.

Wouldn't an acid potentially make a shiny spot (or dark spot) on an otherwise matte surface?

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Re: cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby veritas » Fri Dec 11, 2015 6:50 am

I dont see whats wrong with making something look better. its not a plating process. Yes and if i decide to sell it later i would get more for it. Not trying to make it look perfect, just better.
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Re: cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby Marty101 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:37 pm

Kevin-can you tell me just what a silvering kit does? I have never heard of one. :?:
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Re: cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby 4brokenow » Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:00 pm

I've used this company's plating kit before. Works very well. Marty this may answer your question also.

http://www.caswellplating.com/
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Re: cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby veritas » Fri Dec 11, 2015 5:46 pm

Hello Marty, this is from the Chelsea clock site on re silvering a dial. http://www.chelseaclock.com/blog/how-to ... clock-dial

To clarify this is not re plating, its a different process.

Another link on this process, http://www.davewestclocks.co.uk/silveri ... _dials.htm
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Re: cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby Marty101 » Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:35 pm

Well,I have more understanding than before,but I can see this is a process probably either best observed or practiced. It seems the actual silvering is a material applied by hand and must adhere chemically to the brass. Interesting-if that's not re-plating, perhaps it's more of a form of electroplating?
-I wasn't aware the numerals and etc. had to be restored also.
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Re: cream of tartar for silvered dials

New postby veritas » Sat Dec 12, 2015 12:19 am

I might try it some day, i have a few silvered dials i could practice on. Waiting to hear back on a man locally who does this work. I know in my Chapter there is at least one man i know of who does it, he gave a talk and a demo on it once.
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